From the Publisher: Oct 30 1989

. When the earth began to tremble, TIME staff members in San Francisco found themselves living the story they would report. Lee Griggs and Dennis Wyss were squeezed into an open-air press box in the upper deck of Candlestick Park, awaiting the start of the third game of the World Series. "I heard a low rumble, and my first thought was that the Giants fans were stamping their feet in unison," Wyss recalls. An instant later, the stands began rocking back and forth. A native San Franciscan, Wyss was sure an earthquake had struck. So was Griggs, who as TIME's Tokyo...

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